Residents of Mill Basin Brooklyn, New York, were welcomed with a pleasant surprise on August 28, 2012, when Jimmy Kimmel came back to visit his childhood home in that area. People stood and waited patiently on the picturesque block to get a peek of the talk show host as he visited with his friend Todd M. and his family.
Jimmy Kimmel, who lived in Mill Basin until the age of 9, has never forgotten his childhood residence and frequently talks about it on his show. Mr. Kimmel explained his love for Mill Basin when he said, "[Mill Basin] was like most areas of Brooklyn. It was a place where you could go and run around all day and never report back to your house, and your parents would know you were fine. It was a fun place to grow up."
The crew arrived at the East 64th Street and Avenue T location to begin filming an episode for the Jimmy Kimmel show that will be aired in October. As I am a resident of Mill Basin, I had the opportunity to speak to some of the people who anxiously waited to get a picture with Mr. Kimmel. Mr. Frank M., who is the father of Mr. Kimmel's friend Todd M., spoke fondly of Mr. Kimmel when he said, "Jimmy was a very shy and nice boy. He was so shy we were surprised to see that he became a talk show host. He is still a nice boy." True to his character, Mr. Kimmel took the time to introduce himself to area residents and to speak with them and take pictures. Lena K. exclaimed, "I was so nervous when Mr. Kimmel came up to me, I did not know how to act."
Mr. Kimmel and his friend Todd reminisced amusingly about adolescent times and the community bully in front of the cameras. They talked about the difficult times they had with the bully, and then together, they forgave him, acknowledging that the bully was a different person now. Onlookers were entertained and laughed. The mother of Todd M., Eleanor M., explained Todd and Jimmy's relationship when she said, "They did everything together, and they were inseparable." After speaking and pondering on the past with his friend's family, Mr. Kimmel traveled down the block to his former home, where he was treated to a tour, and later, he had dinner with the family.
It was a day of excitement and taking a walk down memory lane for Jimmy Kimmel. People who met him parted with a sense of pride in knowing that he was once one of them. Melyssa H. exclaimed, "I did not even know that he lived on the same block as me -- I really think it is cool."
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